Other Holidays

Looking for information on popular holidays and events celebrated around the world? Holidays profiled in this section include Mardi Gras, Kwanzaa, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving and even Festivus!

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The story behind Passover is a classic one: of slavery and freedom, unheeded warnings, horrific wrath and great rejoicing. It's remembered during an eight-day festival that begins with the meal called the Passover Seder.

By Julia Layton

Let's take a break from pledging to lose weight and save more money and try some interesting and creative promises. Here are 10 suggestions.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Even though we don't keep most of our resolutions, we still make them every year. Turns out, this practice has been going on for thousands of years. What compels us to do this?

By Laurie L. Dove

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Only 20 percent of the people who make resolutions will see them through. Why does our resolve vanish, and what can we do about it?

By Maria Trimarchi

On the fourth Thursday in November, Americans will gather to eat turkey and sweet potatoes, just like that first Thanksgiving ... Actually, not like that first dinner. Join us as we debunk some of the many Thanksgiving myths.

By Chris Opfer

Americans observe a variety of holidays, from Groundhog Day and Labor Day to Rosh Hashanah and Kwanzaa. Check out these pictures of U.S. celebrations great and small, as well as the people and events that inspired some of them.

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The folks at HowStuffWorks are here to help you get creative for your next Valentine's Day gift. So read on for their 10 Unexpected Valentine's Day gift ideas.

By Kiersten Aschauer

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Every year, more than 20 percent of the world's population plunges into a period of feasts, festivities and fireworks in celebration of Chinese or Lunar New Year. How did this holiday get its start?

By John Kelly

How do parents show kids they love them on Valentine's Day without breaking the bank? Let HowStuffWorks and TLC give you tips and tricks to make this Valentine's Day a budget-friendly occasion with lots of heart.

Many kids put a lot stock in the Easter bunny myth, and look forward to the arrival of their cotton-tailed friend all spring. But is it harmful for them to believe past a certain age?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Mardi Gras fanatics will plan years in advance for the parades and parties held during the biggest week in New Orleans. See what all the fuss is about.

By Jessika Toothman

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Does Valentine's Day stress you out or fill you with joy? People tend to get way too worked up about V-day. You may be taking Valentine's Day too seriously if a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates isn't enough.

By Candace Keener

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the whole year ... unless your man totally drops the ball. What's so hard to remember about picking up a dozen red roses and a bottle of wine on the way home from the office? Here's what he doesn't want you to know.

By Chris Obenschain

After Thanksgiving dinner, some people like to watch a football game. Others like to watch a favorite movie. Can't think of any Thanksgiving-themed movie off the top of your head? No worries. We've got 10 for you right here.

By Laurie L. Dove

We hire caterers to simplify the party planning process -- you can worry about the seating chart while the caterer prepares dinner for 50. But what goes on behind closed kitchen doors (even in your own home) might cause you to raise an eyebrow.

By Gallagher Flinn

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Are you wondering what to give friends and family to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa? This guide to multicultural holiday celebrations will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

By Josh Clark

Many Mother's Day customs spread to Mexico from the United States in the early 20th century. But did you know that the holiday got its official start because of an editorial in a newspaper?

By Martha Barksdale

On the third Sunday of every June, sons and daughters across the U.S. honor their fathers with cards and gifts. It was started by a woman to honor the single father who raised her.

By Heather Kolich

Everyone loves a holiday! From New Years to Thanksgiving each holiday has its own unique meaning and tradition. Check out these amazing holiday pictures.

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Every year, usually in mid- to late-December on the Western calendar, Kislev 25 on the Hebrew calendar, Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah.

By Marie Bobel

On the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims wore buckles, the Native Americans brought corn and everyone made merry until the sun went down. Right? That's not the most accurate portrayal of the historical event.

By Candace Keener

April 1 gives the sneakiest ones among us an excuse for some shenanigans. Out of ideas for this year's springtime skulduggery? HowStuffWorks has 10 gags to completely confuse someone's day.

By Cristen Conger

Today, many associate the holiday less with pilgrims and American Indians and more with football and turkey. What's the real story of Thanksgivig Day?

By Allison Klein

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Wonderful Weirdos Day was created by citizens of Austin, Texas to celebrate personality quirks on September 9. Read more about Wonderful Weirdos Day.

By John Fuller

Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence every year on July 4 with picnics and fireworks. Learn the story behind Independence Day in the United States and how its traditions came about.

By Marshall Brain